Thursday, May 26, 2011

Exhumation case: HC reserves order

Justice GB Shah of the Gujarat high court on Wednesday reserved order on a petition filed by social activist, Teesta Setalvad, who has sought quashing of the complaint filed against her by the Godhra police in Pandarwada exhumation case.

Setalvad had filed the petition after she was summoned by the Godhra police for recording of her statement in connection with the incident. The state government stated before the high court that Setalvad was not cooperating with the investigating agencies in the matter.

Opposing Setalvad's plea, government pleader PK Jani contended that investigation in the case was still on. He further said that Setalvad was not cooperating with the investigating agencies. Jani said that she had not appeared before the investigating officer of the case despite several summons being issued to her. The government pleader further said that there was no bias against Setalvad who had already obtained anticipatory bail in the case.

Setalvad has been accused of conspiring to exhume the bodies of post-Godhra riot victims, in 2006, along with five other accused in the case who have given statements against her under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Setalvad's lawyer, Kamini Jaiswal, contended that the state's action against her client was mala fide and that she was neither involved in the act nor had encouraged it.

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